Mark Reckase

The Impact of Computerized Adaptive Testing on Measurement Theory

Mark D. Reckase, Michigan State University

Computerized adaptive testing (CAT) is a well known methodology among educational and psychological measurement professionals. However, the impact of the concepts behind CAT on the broader fields of educational and psychological measurement is underappreciated. An argument will be made in this presentation that the work on the development of practical CAT procedures was at least partially responsible for a paradigm shift in the theory of practice of educational and psychological measurement. That paradigm shift will be described and examples of the influence of the paradigm shift will be presented.